College of Science & Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact at Western Washington University (WWU) for more information about the Cybersecurity degree?

 

For advising related to the program and course content, contact:

WWU Bellingham Campus transfer:

Laura Ghan, Program Advisor & Coordinator   |  360.650.2863  Laura.Ghan@wwu.edu

WWU Poulsbo Campus transfer:

Crystal Cline, Program Coordinator & Advisor   |  360.394.2707  Crystal.Cline@wwu.edu

 

What are the requirements to transfer to WWU’s Cybersecurity program?

 

While not a guarantee of acceptance into the program, students must:

  1. Complete an AAS-T, AAS, or ATA in the following degree programs with the corresponding Washington State Community College partnerships:

 

  • Edmonds Community College: ATA in Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics
  • Green River College: AAS-T in Information Technology-Systems and Security
  • Highline College: AAS in Network Security Engineer or AAS in Digital Forensics & Investigations
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology: AAS in Computer Security and Network Technology
  • Olympic College: AAS-T in Information Technology-Security
  • Peninsula College:  AAS-T in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics
  • Whatcom Community College: AAS-T Degree in Cybersecurity

 

  1. Achieve a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  2. Have completed CSCI 142 & CSCI 143 or CSCI 151 & CSCI 152, and MATH&151 or recognized equivalents

 

I already graduated from one of the Washington State Community College’s listed with a similar degree. Can I apply to WWU’s Cybersecurity program?

 

While other similar degrees such as an AS in Computer Science, Information Technology or Computer Information Systems may have courses in common with the AAS-T degree program, the AAS-T must be earned in order to be eligible to transfer into the WWU Cybersecurity degree program.

For additional information on how to proceed, contact the corresponding WWU academic advisor:
WWU Poulsbo Campus: Crystal Cline – 360.394.2733 | crystal.cline@wwu.edu
WWU Bellingham Campus: Laura Ghan– 360.650.2863 | laura.ghan@wwu.edu
 

When can I apply into WWU’s Cybersecurity program?

 

The Western program is targeted to enroll an initial cohort of students beginning each Fall quarter. Applications for the Bellingham program are due by March 1.  Applications for the Poulsbo program are due by June 1.

 

 

How do I apply to WWU’s Cybersecurity program?

 

You will need to apply for both Admission to WWU and to the Cybersecurity Program as outlined on the Admissions page.

 

 

How will I know if I have been accepted into WWU’s Cybersecurity program?

 

Applicants will be notified in writing of the WWU admissions decision. The majority of decisions are made within six weeks after the application deadline.
 

 

Is financial aid available?

 

Yes, students in the Cybersecurity program are eligible for financial aid. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit a FAFSA application www.fafsa.ed.gov. WWU’s priority deadline is January 31.  For additional questions about WWU financial aid, please visit the financial aid website; call 360.650.3470 or email financialaid@wwu.edu.

 

 

I can earn a good living with just the AAS-T degree from my college. What is the benefit of continuing on to complete the Cybersecurity B.S. degree?

 

True, with successful completion of an AAS-T in Cybersecurity, you may be eligible for employment in mid-level positions with wages that start at $26.60/hour and up, or $55,328/year. However, with the Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science degree, you are more likely to be eligible for advanced positions that pay $40.81/hour and up, or $84,885/year. That’s a difference of almost $30,000 in earning potential per year!